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Unfiltered talk about beauty trends, selfcare journeys, skincare, wellness tips and the products we love, hosted by Brooke DeVard Ozaydinli, with the women I admire.

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Unfiltered talk about beauty trends, selfcare journeys, skincare, wellness tips and the products we love, hosted by Brooke DeVard Ozaydinli, with the women I admire.

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Who is she without her hair

By 125samsam - Jun 06 2019
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Like podcasts of show. Only thing on people who are mixed race they are asked what race they identify with. I just think people should not be asked what race they identify with. Mixed race love both parentage and should not have to choose. Can be hurtful and also hurtful to the parents. It’s a problem in this country. We are all human race.

Beauty Therapy

By Juju designer - Oct 30 2018
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A beautiful podcast promoting natural beauty and self love.

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129 Ratings
Average Ratings
126
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Who is she without her hair

By 125samsam - Jun 06 2019
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Like podcasts of show. Only thing on people who are mixed race they are asked what race they identify with. I just think people should not be asked what race they identify with. Mixed race love both parentage and should not have to choose. Can be hurtful and also hurtful to the parents. It’s a problem in this country. We are all human race.

Beauty Therapy

By Juju designer - Oct 30 2018
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A beautiful podcast promoting natural beauty and self love.
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Naked Beauty

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Unfiltered talk about beauty trends, selfcare journeys, skincare, wellness tips and the products we love, hosted by Brooke DeVard Ozaydinli, with the women I admire.

Rank #1: Live Life Free ft Besidone Amoruwa

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Happiness-inducing morning routines, skin-perfecting color corrector, expert facials & head-turning natural hair looks –– Besidone and I get into at all in this AMAZING episode of Naked Beauty. You’re all going to fall in love with Besidone because not only is she an incredible career-woman but she’s also so spiritually grounded.

Besidone shares her experience growing up in LA with Nigerian parents who instilled a love and appreciation for her culture in her early. We talk about how life can begin to go so fast that you forget to process and she shares how she creates moments of self-care for herself. For Besidone, it’s all about putting her brain & body in a place for maximum efficiency & happiness. From her esthetician to her brow-person, Besidone believes in finding people you can spiritually connect with for your beauty services & investing in the best! “Live life free” and “life is real” are tatted on her fingers and listening to her story has taught me more about how to embrace life to the fullest!

Products/ Resources/Things Mentioned:

Hollywood’s Next Gen Rising Executives under 35 ft Besidone

Nike Training Camp (free app for at home workouts)

Stanford Business Podcast, View From the Top (part of her morning routine)

Anthony Andrews who does her brows in LA (her ‘savior’)

Episode where I interview Illeisha (my hairdresser) is titled ‘Hair as Salvation’

NYX Total Control Drop Foundation

MAC Lipglass

Namies (beauty emporium in the valley- a must for Besidone)

Nigel’s (another beauty emporium)

Jet Lag Mask (Besidone loves this on flights)

Skincueticals Clarifying Clay Mask

Also shoutout to Bentonite Clay - I love this mixed with apple cider vinegar

Zo Skincare Face Wash

More info on the skin correcting kit from Nikita Dragun:

Glossier stretch concealer (she layers over color corrector)

ELF color corrector for dark spots

Milani Fixation her go-to red - with a tint of orange

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Apr 16 2019
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #2: Behind The Highlight Reel Ft. Hannah Bronfman

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Hannah Bronfman is the founder of HBFIT, DJ and wellness enthusiast. On this episode we talk about it all — from the superficial e.g. what’s it like to have Nikki Nelms do you hair and the best way to lose weight (it involves eating a lot of fat) to deeper topics like how bad relationships often serve as a way to break through.

We discuss growing up in NYC, what it was like planning her fabulous wedding in Morocco, how she’s thinking about aging and potentially motherhood, what products she swears by and how she’s had to advocate for herself as a woman in business.

Beauty Treatments & Products She Loves

Monica Watters for Lymphatic Drainage http://www.sacredtouchnewyork.com/about/

Barbara Sturm Blood Cream https://intothegloss.com/2016/10/barbara-sturm-blood-cream-mc1/

Workout Classes & Clothes - Jump Rope with Amanda Kloot https://amandakloots.com

Aerospace Boxing http://www.aerospacenyc.com 305 Fitness http://305fitness.com

Tracey Anderson Method http://tracyandersonmethod.com

Spider Bands https://spiderbands.com

Adidas Woman Ultra Boost http://bit.ly/2yeB51K Stella McCartney for Adidas http://www.adidas.com/us/adidas_by_stella_mccartney Follow Hannah + HBFit - https://www.instagram.com/hannahbronfman/ https://www.instagram.com/hbfit/ http://hbfit.com

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Stay in touch by following me @brookedevard on all platforms

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Nov 07 2017
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #3: Sugar is the Devil Ft. Dani Cohen

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Eating for beauty is a very real thing. I talk to Dani Cohen about her super-impressive diet that revolves around natural unprocessed foods. Her diet wasn’t always perfect though, she did a complete overhaul when she realized that the carb-heavy, processed food she used to eat was making her sick. We talk about bone broths, craving nut butters, bullet proof coffee, throwing out birthday cake and horrid food trends. I also learn to say no to agave!

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Sep 14 2016
55 mins
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Rank #4: Don't Contour Before Your Date Ft. Lindsey Metselaar

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“My exes have really hot exes. And I need them to be hot.”— today’s guest Lindsey Metselaar Lindsey, who also hosts her own fab podcast — We Met at Acme, a show about millennial dating in NYC, had a lot to say & strong opinions that kept me cracking up the entire time.

Lindsey shares how she felt about herself growing up, being the ‘elephant in the room’ in high school and curly-hair shame. I ask her if she really eats everything posted on @dontexpectsalads and we talk about a misguided anorexia intervention from well-meaning friends (she does eat for the record). We discuss dating apps Hinge and Raya, how Lindsey gets ready for dates and how men don’t really understand how much make-up goes into the ‘no-make-up look’. We cover Brazilian waxes vs landing strips and why guys get away with having ‘full bushes’. Lindsey describes her ideal woman, why she prefers her exes to have hot exes, her thoughts on lip injections, thick eyebrows, nose jobs in the Jewish community and love for dry shampoo.

******* Follow Lindsey https://www.instagram.com/lindzmetz/

Follow We Met at Acme on IG: https://www.instagram.com/wemetatacme/

Hear me discuss my dating years & the Rules on We Met at Acme: https://apple.co/2EJsaYy

Learn more about her show: https://www.wemetatacme.com

Products Mentioned

Glossier Tinted Moisturizer https://www.glossier.com/products/perfecting-skin-tint

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer https://www.sephora.com/product/tinted-moisturizer-P310930?country_switch=ca

Soft shirts from ATM for Lindsey’s go-to first date look https://atmcollection.com

Oribe Hair products https://www.oribe.com

Dry Shampoo from Dry Bar https://www.thedrybar.com/detox-dry-shampoo

Book She’s Loving - I Like You Just the Way I Am https://www.amazon.com/Like-You-Just-Way-Am/dp/1250055830

Glam Squad to find a make-up artist https://www.glamsquad.com/


Be sure to subscribe, rate and review the show: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-naked-beauty-podcast/id1131628553?mt=2

This episode was mixed by Laila Oweda

Keep in touch: @brookedevard

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Apr 13 2018
51 mins
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Rank #5: Always Be the Coolest Girl in the Room & Always Wear Sunscreen Ft. Gillian Sagansky

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I talk to longtime friend and coolest girl I know: Gillian Sagansky, contributor at W magazine and international DJ. We discuss overcoming the intimidation factor of facials, growing up on the #UES, faux-camaraderie amongst fashion-girl DJs, watching boring documentaries to relax, sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen, creating a signature look and how having a partner who cherishes you can change everything.

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Oct 18 2016
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #6: K-Beauty, Natural Hair & Beauty Editor Ethics Ft. Siraad Dirshe

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This goes out to the true beauty junkies! Siraad is a girl with a 10-step beauty routine, who lives for Korean skincare and travels with her own silk pillow-case. She’s currently a beauty editor at Essence and she has incredible product knowledge but what I find even more impressive — her general attitude and approach towards beauty. She’s really inspired me to try new things!


We talk:

- how she graduated with a psychology and communications degree, worked in finance and then found herself transitioning to a new career in beauty at 28

- Korean skin-care & our desire to move to Japan and be teenagers

- The SWAGGER level in Korea & Japan & surprising level of black culture love

- Working with women of color

-Brands that don’t understand the Essence reader

- The ethics of being a beauty editor

- Me being a kitchen beautician

- Her natural hair journey

- maximum hydration method (not sustainable)

- the silk pillowcase & throwback memories to dominican hairdressers heating your hair

- Stanning for Pat McGrath - Dying natural hair & hair shaming in the natural hair community

- Oil cleanses & I finally learn what essences are (they’re huge in K-Beauty so they’ll get popular in the US in 6 months to a year)

- Sunscreens and eye creams & much much more


Products Mentioned:

Tatcha Camilla Oil

- https://www.sephora.com/product/pure-one-step-camellia-cleansing-oil-P392235

Powder Cleanser (Siraad recommends for traveling):

Tatcha Rice Powder Cleanser - https://seph.me/2N9sbKT

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser - https://www.glossier.com/products/milky-jelly-cleanser

P50 Biologique, Pricey but she swears by it - https://intothegloss.com/2017/03/biologique-recherche-p50-lotion-review/

Cure Gel - cult exfoliating product I recommend - https://www.amazon.com/Cure-Natural-Aqua-Gel-250/dp/B001ABLKK2

Koh Gen Do Essence - Japanese Essence (one step before primer)

https://kohgendocosmetics.com Ole Hendrickson Vitamin C serum, great for hyper-pigmentation

https://www.sephora.com/product/truth-serum-P42343

SuperBerry Hydrate & Glow Oil by Youth to the People, her final step in her nightly skincare routine

https://www.youthtothepeople.com/products/superberry-hydrate-and-glow-oil

Glossier Sunscreen - https://bit.ly/2MxkxbU

Kjaer Weis Dazzling Bronzer - https://bit.ly/2lDy4TY

Artis brushes, she says they’re good but she applies stuff by hand

https://www.artisbrush.com

AmiKa hair curl defining cream and gel combo - https://loveamika.com/products/curl-corps-p-defining-cream

Oribe everything - https://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/Oribe/Designers-A-Z/cat322602/c.cat

If you want to go deeper - check out benefits of water filters for showers: https://wellnessmama.com/119128/shower-filter/


—— Shoutout to the sponsor Curology, incredible customized skincare with a special offer for Naked Beauty listeners with the link: curolo.gy/nakedbeauty to get your 1st month free, just pay $4.95 shipping)

Join the Instagram Community: https://www.instagram.com/nakedbeautyplanet/ @NAKEDBEAUTYPLANET

Follow Siraad: https://www.instagram.com/sdirshe/?hl=en

& check out her writing: https://www.essence.com/beauty/astrologers-new-year-scorpiomystique ********

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Jun 29 2018
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #7: Soul Cycle & 1Oak Ft. Rachel Goldman & Alexis Tabak

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Motivation to get yourself to the gym. I speak to long-time friend and Soul Cycle instructor Rachel & Soul Cycle fanatic Alexis about the power of exercise! Rachel gives straight talk on accountability, how to cope with a daily sweat & spandex situation & how working out has allowed her to counter anxiety. Alexis goes deep on the cult of #SoulCycle & how a hot Turkish instructor motivated her to change her life.

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Aug 23 2016
51 mins
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Rank #8: "Who Is She Without Her Hair?" Ft Nia Pettitt

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“I had a really unhealthy obsession with looking a certain way that just wasn’t possible 24/7” - my guest Nia Pettit, who’s only 21 but has had a following on social since she was 16. At 20 she freed herself of being preoccupied with her hair.

Self-love, natural hair journeys, bacne, being mixed race, international travel, baby hairs, veganism –– Nia and I talk about it all and I’m so blown away by her wisdom. I loved hearing how Nia’s self-perception, approach to beauty and the content she creates have evolved overtime. She shares the story behind her decision to cut off all of her hair, after years of her fro being what she was known for most: “hearing everyday that my hair was beautiful, I linked that with me being beautiful”.

She shares what it was like growing up mixed race in London (her dad is English and Mom is from Zimbabwe), early relaxer experiences (very relatable), and finding her voice. We get into hair typing drama (3C, 4C, etc.) and how she tailors her her self-care practice to her moods for example: a mud mask for bad weather. We talk about her diet, being more mindful of what she accepts from brands, the positive impact of leaving a bad relationship, skincare tips from Meghan Markle’s facialist & much more you’ll have to listen to experience.

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Products/Things Mentioned:

XONecole Story on Nia’s big chop

Her experience traveling through India (vlog)

BB Curl Gel Oil (for edges/baby hairs)

Elemis skincare (she loves)

& the Elemis Superfoods Facial Oil she uses for travel

Declore Skincare

Skimdo hair curl cream

Nichola Joss - her skin therapist (same as Megan Markle’s!), see her skin tips here

L’oreal Baby Lilac Mascara

Becca Cosmetics highlighter (an underrated fave)

Tropical Balm (her lip balm of choice)

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Follow Nia on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/niathelight/

Follow Nia on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDyrbOso99RneLFtN7lVP9w

Follow Nia on Twitter: https://twitter.com/niathelight

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Apr 01 2019
55 mins
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Rank #9: Primers, Acids, Into the Gloss & Shaker Heights ft Ashley Weatherford

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“I loved beauty without knowing it” - my guest Ashley Weatherford, Senior Editor at Into The Gloss

Ashley has been an authority in beauty for years and I’ve followed her career since the beginning – so I was incredibly excited to have her on and learn her story: from Ohio to Northwestern to NY. Ashley wanted to be a lawyer but started a beauty blog on the side for fun, which eventually landed her a position at New York Magazine. We talk about the power of her recommendations and if she feels guilt about inspiring people to buy more.

We discuss swiping Sephora samples when you love beauty but you’re on a budget, if she feels strongly about products being natural vs synthetic, what it’s like to prepare for a feature on Into the Gloss & that Top Shelf moment, what beauty treatments she thinks are overrated & of course tons of SKINCARE. Ashley has the most amazing skin (says she used to have bad skin) and we go into lots of detail on her routine and the products she loves.


Links to Products/Things Mentioned:

Tatcha Primer - primer of all primers

Cerave - for winter skincare

Little Fires Everywhere - book set in Shaker Heights

Ashley’s feature on Into The Gloss

NARS Luminous Foundation

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

India Lee Radiance Renewal Peel

Lele Sadoughi headband - so cute

Valet - hair accessories she’s loving

Crystal Peel Microdermabrasion Bar

Tea Tree Oil & Rose Water - natural products she loves

Paula’s Choice - a go-to effective skincare

SkincareAddiction Reddit - when you really want to nerd out

Aveeno Radiance Sunscreen - her go to at the moment

Banila Co Clean It Cleansing Balm

Biologique Recherche Cleanser

Biologique Recherche Cleanser VIP O2

Missha Time Revolution & SKII - essences she likes

Tatcha Water Cream - light & moisturizing cream she loves

Ashley’s AM Routine:

Tatcha Vitamin C Serum (when she’s not using acid)

Essence (currently from acast.com/privacy

Mar 05 2019
59 mins
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Rank #10: Rehab,The RealReal & Life in LA Ft. Esme Brown

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‘Fame is a beast that can’t be tamed’ - My guest Esme, on LA culture. I was fascinated to hear from Esme, a native New Yorker and writer, on her experience living in LA for the past 8 years.

We talk about how pilates has transformed her body but also makes her feel balanced and stronger. Her experience in rehab, coping with undiagnosed PTSD, and the difference between addiction, abuse and using. She extolls the virtue of therapy (even hypnotherapy), to cope with a cutting addiction and anxiety. We discuss eating with portion control in mind and navigating weight gain as we get older. We also gush over our love for The RealReal — the best online designer consignment shop of ALL TIME. We talk about all of her amazing tattoos and their meaning, crystal healing, how to get Restalyne and other and fillers without looking crazy, the products she's loving right now and the trends she's totally over.

Esme’s Favorite Products/Services Mentioned:

Parker Pilates https://www.instagram.com/parkerpilates/

The RealReal https://www.therealreal.com/

Chanel Bags on the RealReal https://www.therealreal.com/designers/chanel/women/handbags

Dysport https://www.dysportusa.com/before-and-after

Juvaderm https://www.juvederm.com/

Restalyne Silk https://www.restylaneusa.com/restylane-silk

Natura Bisse Diamond Line https://www.naturabisse.com/en/psproduct/29-diamond-extreme

Peter Thomas Roth Acne Clearing Dots https://www.sephora.com/product/acne-clear-invisible-dots-P399932

Kevin Aucoin Concealer https://www.sephora.com/product/the-sensual-skin-enhancer-P393953?skuId=1697440&icid2=products%20grid:p393953

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Dec 13 2017
58 mins
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Rank #11: Celibate, Sober & Fasting Ft. Danielle Prescod

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BET Style editor, Danielle Prescod, and I talk through A LOT in this last episode of 2017. Danielle doesn’t drink, “doesn’t enjoy food like that” AND she’s celibate — clearly, she’s got some super-human willpower.

We discuss Meghan Markle, what working in fashion does to your closet, what therapy has done for her, dating in NYC, and how Danielle balances her work & downtime even though she’s a self-described ‘content monster with a pathological need for attention’. Danielle’s introduction to fasting and the cult of Dr. Charles Passler, started out as a story she was working on for ELLE but soon developed into a total body transformation and entirely new approach to eating.

We discuss her matcha latte, bone broth and tea diet, and getting your body into a ketogenic state for maximum fat burning. Listen for: Racially Screening Soul Cycle instructors (lol!) Hiring Glam Squads For Nights Out Working Out & Finding the Right Hairstyle Getting “Eyebrow Shamed” by your Facialist The Benefits of Clearing Out Your Closet What Therapy has Helped her Learn & Avoiding “Prescription Pushers” Going Blonde “Instagram Face” & a lot more

Products/Stories Mentioned

How to Get the Body of A Victoria Secret Model by Danielle Prescod: http://bit.ly/2zHZiNJ

Dr. Passler’s “Pure Change” Program: https://www.purechange.co

Beauty Sick: How the Cultural Obsession with Appearance Hurts Girls and Women http://amzn.to/2m68o1N

Closet Organization Journey of a Fashion Editor https://www.manrepeller.com/2017/10/closet-organization-with-a-former-fashion-editor.html

Roe Morgan - Naomi Campbell (and Danielle’s) hairstylist https://www.instagram.com/hairbyromorgan/

Glam Squad - On Demand Beauty Services https://www.glamsquad.com

Soul Cycle Instructors Danielle Loves Francis https://www.soul-cycle.com/instructors/10411/francis/ Mike https://www.soul-cycle.com/instructors/10347/mike+press/ Mabel https://www.soul-cycle.com/instructors/10337/mabel/

Products Danielle Loves:

DPL Teeth Whitening (swears by this) http://bit.ly/2lm7CxG

MAC’s Next to Nothing Mattifying Powder http://bit.ly/2Drbl4d

Shieheido Eyebrow Powder http://bit.ly/2C8QROg

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush (expensive but worth it) https://kjaerweis.com/product/cream-blush/above-and-beyond

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Dec 28 2017
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #12: Beauty Secrets Vol. 5: Beauty Lessons from Beyoncé

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The four beauty lessons we can all learn from QueenB. From her vegan diet, to her flawless skin to her always-on point looks.

Check out these amazing episodes breaking down Beyonce’s historical Coachella performance:

NYTimes Still Processing: ‘We Talk Beychella’ https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/still-processing/id1151436460?mt=2#

The Read ‘Beychella”: https://soundcloud.com/theread/beychella

TIP 1: SLAY YOUR BASICS

Beyonce Slaying Basics Exhibit A: https://www.instagram.com/p/BdD7mojF3IP/?hl=en&taken-by=beyonce

Exhibit B: https://www.instagram.com/p/3hPbQmvw4P/?hl=en&taken-by=beyonce

Exhibit C: https://www.instagram.com/p/0bQZIqPw3r/?hl=en&taken-by=beyonce

I tracked down the shorts she wore for her Coachella Set: https://shopcoalnterry.com/products/ragged-blue-mad-cutoff < not brave enough for these

My fave brands for basic leotards/tees:

$:http://www.nakedwardrobe.com/ (Naked Wardrobe)

$$: https://shopredone.com/collections/solid-tees (Re-Done)

$$$: http://www.wolfordshop.com/bodysuits (Wolford)

TIP 2: DANCE FOR CARDIO

Best dance classes in NYC: https://bananaskirt.net

Teyana Taylor’s Fade to Fit Program: https://fade2fit.com/lp1

TIP 3: PRIORITIZE SKINCARE

Rhassoul Clay for DIY face masks: https://www.amazon.com/Poppy-Austin-Organic-Rhassoul-Clay/dp/B00GWG63OS

Great Guide on Making your own facial oil: https://oneessentialcommunity.com/diy-face-serum-with-essential-oil-skin-type/

TIP 4: GOLDEN HIGHLIGHTS

Highlight colors I try & where I order Crochet Hair:

https://www.samsbeauty.com/service/product/0/48119314/Harlem125-Synthetic-Hair-Braids-Kima-Braid-Ocean-Wave-14.html I like to mix 1B with colors 27 and 30 for highlights and for a more textured look: https://www.samsbeauty.com/service/product/0/20126951/Sensationnel-Synthetic-Hair-Crochet-Braids-African-Collection-Jamaican-Bounce-26.html


Subscribe, rate and review the podcast & be sure to stay in touch @brookedevard on all platforms!

This episode was mixed by Laila Oweda

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Apr 27 2018
17 mins
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Rank #13: The Scam of Being Yourself Ft. Recho Omondi

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Recho is a young, NY-based, fashion designer who isn’t afraid to speak her mind, no matter who’s listening. Growing up between the midwest and Nairobi, she nurtured a love of fashion early by creating collages, explaining “any black girl I could get my hands on, I was going to cling on to for dear life". She now casts beautiful black models for her brand Omondi. We talk about the importance of being yourself, her serious beef with American Vogue, and how growing up the subtleties of not being able to find beauty products for you, or having platforms to learn about yourself, can impact the relationship we have with our own beauty routines, especially our hair. I get to hear about how she went platinum blonde and we reflect on Atlanta’s weave culture. She’s got love for the Glossier products but likes to keep her beauty routine simple. Recho makes everything seem effortless(from her career, to getting press attention and speaking out when no one else will) and her approach to beauty is no different.

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May 10 2017
58 mins
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Rank #14: From the Bronx to Paris Ft Annya Santana

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Annya Santana, who grew up in the Bronx and was born in the Dominican Republic, bought a one way ticket to Paris 4 years ago after heartbreak and started her clean beauty line Menos Mas (which means Less is More). Before finding herself in Paris, we talk about her experience growing up in NY and working in the early days of streetwear after finding herself in fashion PR. She explains that Paris is surprisingly afro-centric and we discuss the benefits of letting the day unfold — the Parisian way. We get into the moment the Bronx seems to be having (from Cardi B, to the Bodega Boys) and how people of color are now taking ownership for their contributions to culture.


Annya is majorly into health and fitness — an awakening that happened over time. She tells me about how she changed her entire approach to eating (first to clear her skin) but then realized how much better she felt after eating clean. In addition to fixing her skin issues, her cleanse eased the pain of menstrual cramps. We also get into: running the NY Marathon, wellness for free, creating her dual-gender, all-natural skincare, her Mom’s DIY remedies inspiring her, making hand cream for her Dad, acne scarring, changing your face via FaceTune, stretch marks, moisturizing as meditation, hormones, acupuncture, Dominican salons and embracing her natural hair texture, the body pos movement and its implications & much more!


Products/Things Mentioned:

Annya’s amazing line Menos Mas: https://www.menos-mas.com/

The China Project — the book that opened Annya’s eyes to the dangers of processed foods:https://nutritionstudies.org/the-china-study/

Superfood Probiotic Powders - she put a scoop of this in her water every day & treated her acne in a month

https://www.orgain.com/protein/organic-nutrition-powder/Organic-Superfoods-Powder.html

Vitamin E oil - also used to naturally heal her acne

Pink Cream from Dr. Jart Annya uses as Essence

https://www.sephora.com/brand/dr-jart

My essence from Tatcha - I actually really like this product

https://www.sephora.com/product/the-essence-plumping-skin-softener-P415771?icid2=products%20grid:p415771:product

Royal Jelly Menos Mas for scarring

https://www.menos-mas.com/shop/honey-royal-jelly-miracle-body-butter

Learn more about microblading:

https://www.elle.com/uk/beauty/a31566/microblading-eyebrows/

Where I got my Miicroblading done in NY (highly recommend):

http://nylasheyeland.com/

Bantu Knot Out how I sleep with my natural hair

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulqtwgglHc8

Pineapple Method how Annya sleeps with her natural hair

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IS_qO6zMgu8

Ashley Graham Weight Loss Backlash

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Oct 14 2018
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Rank #15: If You've Got It, Flaunt It Ft. Chrissy Rutherford

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Chrissy, senior fashion editor at Bazaar.com, has some advice for hopefuls wanting to work in fashion: "If you don’t love it, you won’t last a week".


Chrissy tells me what it’s like being a digital editor in today’s hyper-connected world and why her perspective as a woman of color is important right now. We discuss tokenism in casting, the early days of fashion fandom, nailing the perfect work outfit (it involves denim), and of course all things beauty: foundation (who is it really for?),miracle cures for cystic acne, her relationship with her hair dresser and love for Badgal Riri.

My favorite part of the interview? Just in time for summer, Chrissy gives me her candid POV on posting bikini pics and it’s an attitude more women could learn from.

Links:

Chrissy on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chrissyford/

Renee Rouleau Skincare: https://www.reneerouleau.com/

DIM Supplement: http://bit.ly/2orQvtu

Her Work @Bazaar: http://www.harpersbazaar.com/author/1644/chrissy-rutherford/

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Apr 19 2017
52 mins
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Rank #16: Self-Healing & Minding Your Business Ft Aala

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Aala is a very special person who's been able to self-heal and overcome a lot. Only 26, she's deeply aware of her purpose and it's so inpspring - I got a little emotional during this one. She's Sudanese-American and grew up in between cultures. We talk about how Sudanese women approach beauty, her relationship with her hair and how it changed when she got sick. Women's health and chronic illness is something that's not discussed often and so Aala is willing to talk about her private experience in detail – from the moment her hair kept falling out, getting rashes on her skin, experiencing chronic fatigue, migraines, muscle pain, etc. and then slowly rebuilding from there. 


We discuss the role of doctors verses a holistic approach, how her illness made her feel ugly for the first time in her life and how to handle a serious diagnosis. She discovered Dr. Sebi and began implementing these holistic principles to create a cleanse. An elimination diet addressed her gut/digestive issues. We also get into accessible beauty - you don't have to have a $75 jade roller to practice self-car (but she's got nothing against jade rollers, so get your roll on if it suits you). Aala explains how she compliments herself to feel empowered and how minding your business, drinking water are her top beauty tips! 

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Things/Products Mentioned:

Dr. Sebi (big proponent of self-healing through natural remedies): https://drsebiscellfood.com/

Aala's Book 'I am The Cleanse' https://aalacleanse.com/cleansematerials/iamthecure

Macrobiotic bowl - my go to healthy dinner: https://www.brit.co/macro-bowls/

Almond oil, Jojoba oil after she exfoliates: 

https://www.amazon.com/Desert-Essence-Organic-Jojoba-Oil/dp/B0000C0XL8?th=1

https://www.amazon.com/NOW-Solutions-Sweet-Almond-16-Ounce/dp/B0019LVFSU

Ground coffee beans to exfoliate DIY recipes at the link:

https://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/diy-beauty-projects-you-can-mix-up-with-used-coffee-grounds/

Raw honey and avocado blueberry mask - your skin is your biggest organ so she does natural masks to nourish her skin

https://www.stylecraze.com/articles/8-amazing-blueberry-face-masks-for-radiant-skin/#gref

Manuka honey - next level honey 

https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/manuka-honey-medicinal-uses

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Follow Aala https://www.instagram.com/aalaofficial/

Follow the cleanse https://www.instagram.com/aalacleanse/

Follow the cleanse at @aalacleanse

Stay in touch with the #nakedbeautypodcast community: https://www.instagram.com/nakedbeautyplanet/

Follow me @Brookedevard https://www.instagram.com/brookedevard/

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Dec 14 2018
53 mins
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Rank #17: Do More With Less Ft. Mekdela Maskal

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“It’s realizing how much you don’t need and seeing how much we are brainwashed to think that what makes us happy is being able to buy something. Letting that go is really freeing…not having this attachment to material objects as a measure of happiness.” — My guest, Mekdela Maskal

Mekdela is a media activist, living in Brooklyn, and fellow nature-lover with amazing style and beautiful natural hair. We go deep on her routine for the ideal wash day — from coconut oil pre-poo treatments to long finger-detangling sessions in the shower. I learn about what beauty wisdom she’s taken in from her Ethiopian parents and what the popular styles and approaches to beauty are in Ethiopia. Mekdela talks to me about what natural oils she loves, her yoga practice, how intentionally sweating is key for her skincare routine and gives me some INCREDIBLE make-up tips like using lipstick as eyeshadow (why haven’t I ever thought of this?!) .

We also get into the commercialization of the feminist movement and her issues with the way diversity and inclusion is used as a marketing tactic, how she developed her personal style and why she feels most beautiful surrounded by nature.

Follow Mekdela on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mekdeezy/?hl=en

Follow @NakedBeautyPlanet

Some Faves Mentioned in the Episode:

Outdoor Voices leggings https://bit.ly/2Gayq0Y

Coconut & Hibiscus Leave-In Conditioner and Curling Cream from Shea Moisture https://www.sheamoisture.com/products/hair.html?p=3&product_collection=228

Everyday Oil - mixture of different essential oils Mekdela loves https://shopeverydayoil.com

Sacred Yoga Studio in Brooklyn https://sacredbrooklyn.com

Arkins - sustainable women’s wear line https://shop-arkins.com

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Mar 27 2018
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Rank #18: Shea Butter & Therapy Ft Abena Boamah

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“Sometimes therapy can be a lot…you’re unpacking things you didn’t even know were there. Therapy allowed me to realize how my anxieties were manifesting and also to realize that I have the authority and I’m worthy of not being in this space at all times. Sometimes when you’re an anxious person or you’re depressed you think….'this is how it ishis is always going to be how it is and I just have to work in this bubble of anxiety or sadness'….but now I have different tools to move out of it.” - my guest incredible guest Abena, on her experience with therapy


Abena Boamah M.Ed, creator of Hanahana beauty, is on a mission to disrupt the global beauty industry. I’m amazed by Abena’s boldness, point of view and ambition — all while remaining entirely down to earth & SO FUN! Abena is committed to creating transparency, accessibility and sustainability with her 100% handcrafted shea butter sourced from the Katariga Women's Cooperative in Tamale, Ghana. She describes growing up in a Ghanian household in the suburbs of Ohio, teaching on the westside of Chicago and being a Pisces. She convinces me to open my mind to therapy (and makes a very compelling case I want everyone to hear)! 


Other topics discussed: 

-dancing to shake it off hitting a whine to get a workout 

-Adding dried lavender and rosemary to joints (THAT YOU CAN SMOKE - who knew?)

-Marijuana shaming 

-Beyonce inspiring us to be our best selves

-Hoteps

-Choosing celibacy 

& more! 


Products & Things Mentioned

Shea Balm from Hanahana — Abena’s Go-To for Lips 

https://www.hanahanabeauty.com/shop-online/shea-balm

Glossier Lip Gloss for Extra-shiny lips 

https://www.glossier.com/products/lip-gloss

Apple Cider Vinegar to clarify hair 

http://coconutsandkettlebells.com/apple-cider-vinegar-hair-rinse/

Peppermint, Hemp & Jojoba Oil to massage her edges where she experienced alopecia 

https://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/essential-oils-for-hair-growth/

Her stylist Caprice

https://www.instagram.com/capricedominiquehairstylist/


Follow Abena on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beanieboamah/

Learn more about Hanahana Beauty & Their Mission: https://www.instagram.com/hanahana_beauty/

Shop Hanahana Products: http://hanahanabeauty.com


Stay in touch & join the community @nakedbeautyplanet 

Reach me @brookedevard

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Sep 14 2018
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Rank #19: Happy Girls are the Prettiest Girls Ft. Alessandra Ford Balazs

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‘Having lived with hundreds of models in my life, I can tell you that everyone has issues and the most important thing is to give yourself a break and be generous and kind. If you can’t get everything done in one day, that’s OK. That goes for beauty too, not everything is perfect — be gracious to yourself.’ Wise words from my guest Alessandra Balazs, an actress, world traveller and woman in transition. She travels non-stop (hasn't been in the same place for more than 5 days in years) and so she has some wisdom on how to survive long flights: compression socks, lavender eye masks and magnesium. We also get deep and discuss learning to laugh through your mistakes, being a strong woman(not letting Trump drag you down), lessons from DVF, and how sometimes struggle makes you stronger. Stay in touch with Alessandra's travels & inspiration: https://www.instagram.com/alessandrabalazs/?hl=en More from Alessandra via Something Curated: http://somethingcurated.com/tag/alessandra-ford-balazs/ Image sourced from Something Curated

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Feb 28 2017
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Rank #20: KonMari, Trusting Experts, Drugstore Beauty & Botox Ft Janell Hickman

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“I’m over complicated skin routines. I have this conversation with a lot of other editors. There are too many products that do the same thing. As someone who is supposed to promote these products for you, even I feel overwhelmed.” - my guest Janell shares some very honest thoughts on this episode of Naked Beauty

Janell Hickman started her career at WWD, did PR at Victoria Secret and Essence but ultimately found herself working in beauty full-time and I was so excited to get her thoughts on where beauty is today. We discuss Marie Kondo’s Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and how Janell hired a KonMari Expert (didn’t know this was a thing!) to come to her Brooklyn apartment and organize her life. She believes in hiring experts to do things the right way –she even learned how to blend her eyeshadow to perfection from a professional MUA.

We get into these huge shade ranges everyone seems to have now and whether or not 50 shades is progress or not. I ask her which products are worth splurging on vs which you can buy at the drugstore (16:24-18:30) and I was surprised how many things Janell says we can save our coin for! We get into: botox, men discussing lacefronts, the demonization of relaxer, how color impacts your hair, ice skating and growing up in Minneapolis. Janell also explains how going to Hampton opened her eyes to the diversity of the black experience, her thoughts on white peoples’ black hair questions, how Glossier won with their ‘no make-up make-up look’ and the trends she wants gone forever. You guys are going to love this episode!

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Products/Resources Mentioned:

Read Janell’s Work: http://www.janellmhickman.com/

Follow Janell: https://www.instagram.com/jmargaretbeauty/

Book your own KonMari consultant: https://konmari.com/pages/consultants

& the Netflix Series: https://www.netflix.com/title/80209379

Deck of Scarlett - Curated Subscription service of limited make-up palettes https://www.deckofscarlet.com/

Rimmel Mascara ‘Wonder’fully Real’

Cerave (trusted Drugstore skincare): https://www.cerave.com/

Blue Mercury M-61 Gel EyeCream: https://bluemercury.com/collections/skin-care/products/m61-hydraboost-eye-serum?variant=26188127686

Garnier Eyecream with rollerball anti-puff: https://www.garnierusa.com/about-our-brands/skinactive/clearly-brighter/clearly-brighter-anti-puff-eye-roller

ROC eyecream: https://www.ulta.com/eye-cream?productId=prod2112112

Bio Oil - the body oil Janelle swears by https://www.bio-oil.com/us/us-en

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil $20 on Amazon (for double cleansing): https://www.amazon.com/DHC-Deep-Cleansing-Oil-6-7/dp/B001UE60E0

Zipp Nanocurrent at home facial device: https://ziipbeauty.com (Janelle swears by this)

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Feb 04 2019
57 mins
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